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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

sunny golden squash soup

What better way to celebrate the fall than to enjoy a nice warm bowl of golden sunny squash soup (yes I actually called it that). The reason why it has such an immaculate name is because it really is that delicious...yes it's true.
It's the kind of soup that tastes wonderful with some lovely cheese and sourdough bread on the side or just similarly it can be enjoyed all on its own.
I started playing around with this recipe at least 7 years ago when I was working in the kitchen of a well known restaurant in Ottawa called Memories. I was lucky enough to eat there everyday (one of the perks of being on staff) and one of my favourite items on the menu was the squash soup. So I went home and tried to copy it but instead tweaked it and added a few things to it, and in the end ended up with my very own sunny golden squash soup recipe.
So here it goes my friends...enjoy...I know you will.

Sunny Golden Squash Soup

1 small butternut squash peeled and cubbed
1 medium sized cooking onion diced
1-2 cloves of garlic minced
2 cups of carrots peeled and chopped
2 cups of chicken or veg stock
1 cup of orange juice
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of garam masala
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
salt and pepper
tablespoon of cooking oil


In a large pot of salted boiling water, boil the squash and carrots till soft. Save the cooking water.
In a separate pot lightly fry the onion, garlic, fresh ginger and spices (curry, cinnamon and garam masala). Be careful not to overcook and burn the spices.
Add the chicken or veg stock to the pot with the spice mixture. Let it come to a simmer.
Add the cooked squash and carrots to the pot with the chicken stock. Let it simmer. Then add the orange juice to the pot.
Using a hand blender (get one-they are inexpensive and so good to have on hand) or a stand up blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add some of the cooking water from the squash if the soup is too thick.
Add a dollop of plain yoghurt to the served soup if desired.


  1. have squash sitting on the counter, waiting for a recipe. perfect post for me today. where was memories?

  2. I might actually attempt to make this. I've never made my own soup before (I admit to not being much of a cook, I just like to bake!). But, oh my, this is my kinda soup! Sounds SO good! :)

  3. I am homesick for Memories! If all I ate for the rest of my life was their carrot cake, I'd be happy.

  4. Oh Memories! I loved their Lily's sandwhich. Dark pumpernickle bread, sun dried tomato cream cheese, hazelnuts and sprouts (I think) and of course all of their delicious desserts!

  5. you best believe i'm making this!

  6. Yum, yum!! I think we'll definitely be trying this one out!

  7. this will be very popular in our house of soup lovers, it's going on the meal plan for next week...thanks for sharing!


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